Notes & Reviews:
Charles O'Brien (1882 - 1968) is the archetypical composer for a Toccata Classics release: this CD rescues a forgotten Scottish Romantic from oblivion. O'Brien was a mainstay of musical life in Edinburgh, but his attractive, lyrical muse has long since been lost from view there, let alone anywhere else. His lively music reflects his Scottish heritage, mixing grand gestures with Schumannesque intimacy. This is the first recording in a series to be devoted to the music of Charles O'Brien. Pianist Warren Mailley-Smith studied at the Royal College of Music. He has recorded eight CDs.
American Record Guide, March/April 2015
Charles O'Brien (1882-1968), once active in the musical life of Edinburgh. This is the first volume of what will eventually be his complete piano music. If it is not a major discovery, it still has much to offer the musical explorer. Warren Mailley-Smith is perfectly attuned to the special qualities of this music. Good booklet essay; respectable sound.
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